VOTE: Election 2020
New Hampshire
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General Election
November 3
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Can I vote by mail in New Hampshire?
Yes! Any voter is permitted to vote by mail due to Covid 19. If this is your reason for voting by mail, you just need to sign the disability portion of your absentee affidavit envelope.

Can I submit an application online?
You can access the application online by clicking the button below, but it must be mailed in or dropped off in person.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. Your ballot request should be received by your city clerk's office by Monday, November 2, 2020.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
If you are mailing in your ballot, your city clerk must receive it by 5:00 p.m. on election day. To increase the likelihood the absentee ballot arrives on time and assist with an expected high volume of absentee ballots, it is recommended that you mail it at least two weeks before the election. You may also deliver it to the clerk’s office in-person by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. A delivery agent may also deliver it to the clerk at the polling place until 5 p.m. on election day. Family members, nursing home and elder care facility administrators, and a person assisting a voter with a disability who signs the absentee ballot affidavit (limited to delivering ballots for 4 voters) may be a delivery agent.

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Early voting
Not available


Poll Times
State law requires polling places to be open between 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Localities may set their own polling hours as long as they are open during those hours prescribed by state law.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Driver's license issued by any state or the federal government
Photo ID card issued by the motor vehicles division, department, agency, or office of any other state
U.S. armed services identification card
U.S. passport or passcard
Valid student ID card issued by a college, university, career school, public high school or nonpublic high school in New Hampshire

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States


Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.



Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.


Vice President of the United States


Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.



Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.


U.S. Senate New Hampshire


Bryant Messner (Republican Party) (also known as Corky) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Hampshire. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on September 8, 2020.



Jeanne Shaheen (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. She assumed office on January 6, 2009. Her current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Shaheen (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Hampshire. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on September 8, 2020.

Shaheen is a member of the Senate Committees on Ethics; Appropriations; Armed Services; Foreign Relations; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Shaheen served as the governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. She is the first woman to be elected both a governor and a U.S. senator.

Before being elected governor, Shaheen served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1990 to 1996.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Shaheen is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.



Justin O'Donnell (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Hampshire. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.